What's In Your First-Aid Kit?

Having a well-stocked first-aid kit is important so that you are prepared to handle acute everyday ailments. But what should be in your first-aid kit? The contents of your first-aid kit will vary depending on the number of people it is designed to protect, individual specifications, as well as its intent for use. It's important to check your kit regularly to restock items that have been used, and to replace items that are out-of-date. Read our guide to build a first-aid kit or supplement the one you already have!

Some Recommended Supplies Include: *


  • Acetaminophen

  • Antacid

  • Antibiotic ointment

  • Antidiarrheal medicine

  • Antihistamine

  • Aspirin

  • Antiseptic ointment

  • Calamine lotion

  • Decongestant

  • Hydrocortisone cream

  • Ibuprofen

  • Sugar or glucose solution


  • Adhesive tape

  • Butterfly bandages

  • Elastic bandages

  • Hypoallergenic tape

  • Sling (triangular-shaped cloth)

  • Sterile cotton balls

  • Sterile eye patches

  • Sterile gauze pads (4" x 4")

  • Stretchable gauze roll

  • Waterproof tape

If You Have Special Medical Needs

  • Allergy kit with medicines to be used by people allergic to insect stings or certain foods.

  • Extra medical supplies when you go on an outing or trip

  • Medic Alert bracelet or necklace to be worn at all times. Applications are available in most pharmacies.

  • Prescription medicines (stored properly and non-expired)

  • Special equipment, supplies, or syringes

Miscellaneous Supplies

  • Alcohol (rubbing 70%)

  • Alcohol wipes

  • Chemical ice packs

  • Chemical hot packs

  • Cotton swabs

  • CPR facemask

  • Disposable gloves

  • First-aid book

  • Insect sting swabs

  • Measuring spoons

  • Safety pins

  • Soap

  • Tissues

  • Tongue depressors


  • Bulb syringe

  • Scissors

  • Oral thermometer

  • Tweezers

Items For Your Car

  • Large blanket

  • Gallon of water

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

Substitutes When You're In a Pinch

  • Disposable or cloth diapers for compresses, bandages, or padding for splints

  • Dish towels for bandages or slings

  • Umbrella, rolled magazine/newspaper to make splints

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* Please Note: The information on this guide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified, licensed medical provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.